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The Global Water Initiative: Water for agriculture programme in West Africa (2012–2017)
This factsheet provides an overview of the work of the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa between 2012 and 2017, which focuses on 'water for agriculture'. The Global Water Initiative is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the West Africa programme is implemented by IIED and IUCN.
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Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development.
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Global Water Initiative – West Africa